Population: 1,770,800 habitants (2004)
- Town: Do Son
- Districts: Hong Bang, Ngo Quyen, Le Chan, Kien An, Hai An.
Nguyen, An Duong, An Lao, Kien Thuy, Tien Lang, Vinh Bao, Cat Hai, Bach Long Vi.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hoa, Tay, Nung...
Haiphong is a
large city with an important seaport of Vietnam. Haiphong is near Quang Ninh
Province to the north, Hai Duong Province to the west, and Thai Binh Province to
Climate: Because of the proximity to the East Sea, Haiphong’s weather is affected by inter-tropical monsoons. The annual average temperature varies between 23ºC and 24ºC.
Haiphong has many
temples, pagodas, mausoleums and shrines such as ancient Du Hang Pagoda, Nghe
Temple, Hang Kenh Communal House... Haiphong has famous historical Bach Dang
River, where the national heroes defeated three Chinese feudal invasions. The
third victory over the Yuan-Mongolians was known all over the world. Many of the
teakwood pointed spikes have been discovered in this river. Haiphong is on
tourism route: Hanoi – Haiphong – Halong Bay. Do Son Beach, located 20km from
Haiphong, is a sand strip for bathing. However, during the monsoon season, the
Red River's alluvial sands cause the water to turn yellow. From Do Son, tourist
can visit Cat Ba National Park, and continue to Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay (Quangninh
Province). Haiphong is also famous for many festivals, of which Choi Trau
Festival (Do Son Buffalo-fighting festival) in Do Son Town is unique.
Source: Vietnam Administration of Tourism